Our staff is based on quality, experience,
and education at Center Stage!
Director - Sandy Overcash holds a BS degree in Dance Education from UNCG as well as an education degree for grades K-6. She has directed the studio since its beginning. In addition to the activities at Center Stage, Sandy enjoys traveling throughout the country judging regional and national dance competitions. Sandy is also actively involved in production of costumes for Center Stage Dancers.
Artistic Director - Sydney Overcash is a graduate of the Center Stage program. Sydney has already traveled and performed in numerous venues nationally and internationally since high school. Sydney has worked in theme parks at Santa's Village in New Hampshire and Busch Gardens in Virginia. Sydney danced in a Las Vegas style dinner show in Guam at the SandCastle. She has traveled on tour performing at Madison Square Garden in New York, Canada, Europe, and Australia, She has danced in a local area commercial for the SC lottery. Sydney's numbers are consistently in the top five at regional and national competition. Her numbers for consistently rank first overall at regional competition. She has won numerous outstanding choreography awards and most entertaining number awards at regional and national competitions.
Instructor - Katherine Harmon joined the staff in 2005. She has a vast history in dance being selected as a top soloist numerous times in her compeititon ventures. Kat enjoys working with dancers of all ages. Kat's specialties are ballet and producing flawless technical dancers. Kat was selected as a Teacher Of The Year for Star Systems National Competition. At Center Stage, Kat instructs ballet, tap, jazz, and gymnastics. Kat's specialy is taking a number and polishing it up before it hits the competition stage! She is affectionately know as the Center Stage janitor! Last year, Kat, along with Johnathan Matthews on the Center Stage staff was featured as a dancer on a commerical for the SC Lottery.
Instructor - Jonathan Matthews has been with the Center Stage Staff for many years now. Jonathan brings his talents and expertise in the areas of hip hop, lyrical, jazz and gymnastics. Jonathan has won more than one hundred trophies competing regionally and nationally. He was awarded the title of Mr. Starpower as a solo performer. Jonathan has been a feature performer as a dancer in a show at Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania sharing his performing talents with the country. Jonathan enjoys working with students in dance of all ages. Last year, along with Miss Kat, Jonathan was featured as a dancer on a commercial for the SC Lottery. In addition to working at Center Stage, Jonathan also travels with a dance competition working as a backstage coordinator and on occassion a dance panel judge.
Instructor - Ashlyn Keller Sumner received a BFA in Dance from UNC-Greensboro. Ashlyn has performed with the North Carolina Dance Theatre currently known as the Charlotte Ballet. Ashlyn has also performed with the Louisville Ballet and NC Savoyard Opera Company. Ashlyn also trained at the National Institute of Dance in New York. Ashlyn has been a teaching artist with NC Arts In Action in Chapel Hill, an affliliate of NDI. She has been on the faculty of School of NC Dance Theatre, Duke University Summer Programs, Triangle Youth Ballet and has choreographed over thirty musicals. Ashlyn is currently on faculty at A.L. Brown High School teaching dance starting their dance program in 2012. Most recently, Ashlyn was a principal character in the role of Velma in "Chicago" with Piedmont Players in Salisbury.
Instructor - Kristi Goodale Miller is a graduate of the Center Stage program. Kristi participated as a competition dancer at Center Stage and graduated in our fabulous fifteen, studying from age three through senior high with us. Kristi served as a dance assistant for 8 years while dancing at Center Stage. Kristi was a member of the dance team at Appalachian State University. Kristi has a BS from ASU and currently teaches at West Rowan High School. At West, Kristi has worked with the dance team and cheer squads. We are very excited have Kristi back home at Center Stage after welcoming baby Olivia to the world last year.
Instructor - Center Stage is happy to welcome home Makenna Pate to our staff. Makenna is a graduate of the Center Stage program. Makenna was a member of the competition dance teams at Center Stage where her groups were national champions several years in a row. Makenna attends Catawba College studying psychology and is on the dance team at Catawba. She is a Young Life youth program leader at West Rowan. While participating as a competiiton dancer, Makenna inspired a cheer for our competition teams that will live on forever - “C S D C in the house, let’s say it again!” She won the Hall Of Fame Scholarship in 2015 for her essay regarding the imporatance of dance in her life. Makenna will be working with recreational students at Center Stage in a variety of genres of dance.
Instructor - Patty Hudson holds a BA in dance from UNC-Charlotte. She danced as a competition dancer at Center Stage. Patty began instructing dance immediately after high school at Center Stage. She has worked with competition dancers and recreational dancers for many years. Patty has instructed all genres of classes during her tenure. Currently Patty has focused her talents on the youngest dancers at Center Stage working with developing future talent within the studio. Patty’s gentle and loving nature makes her a perfect fit when dealing with our little ones. She enjoys spending time working with costume designs for the stage as well. Patty can be found still dancing on the stage with various Center Stage parent numbers every year.